For Hedger, giving back is a special part of the RIT community that lets her impact the world, one service project at a time.
A Spit Take
Guy’s biomedical science research is analyzing microbes linked to cardiac disease. She’s hoping to keep the population healthy one vial of saliva at a time.
Advancing the Success of Women
As head of public relations for Women in Computing, McHale strives to organize professional opportunities for its members, advancing women’s experience in computing majors and giving back to a club that has given her so much.
The nutrition is an ever-changing field where knowledge is always evolving. Professor Ruder enjoys watching her students question what they know as they use hands-on experiences to contribute to future nutritional guidelines.
Seeing the world through the eyes of a different species is just one way we connect with the world around us. Through faculty-led research, Wegman is working to improve the quality of life for North American River Otters by studying their visual perception.
Carlos Diaz Acosta
Diaz Acosta’s research in sustainable packaging led his class to a biodegradable solution. Developing corn-based packaging is not only being used to counteract the amount of food waste going into landfills, but also making the world a more sustainable place.
Bringing Deaf Culture to the Big Screen
Design and Imaging Technology
Walker wants to share Deaf and hard-of-hearing stories to bridge the gap between cultures and represent the Deaf community in Hollywood.
Connecting Kids to Science
Devon M Christman
Over the summer, Devon taught a workshop called “Experiments in Science” to a group of children from RIT’s Kids on Campus program. By helping to change their perspectives on who and what a scientist is, Devon is shaping the minds of tomorrow’s scientists.
Kha interned with Oculus testing their next generation of VR cameras, which have the potential to aid law enforcement and impact learning in schools. The internship turned into a full-time job, and Kha plans to work on enhancing the VR experience.
Evoking Emotion Through Music
A difficult task to accomplish, yet a joy to teach, Kruger enjoys composing for visual mediums. As chair of the Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture, Krugar focuses on enhancing a scene with music while keeping the audience immersed in the medium.
Tina Goudreau Collison
Professor of Chemistry
A complicated vocabulary and a lack of dedicated signs in American Sign Language makes Organic Chemistry a challenge for deaf and hard of hearing students. Professor Christina Goudreau Collison worked with interpreters to develop new ASL signs, leading to profound learning improvements for her students.
Eye on the Prize
Biomedical Photographic Communications
Lautenschlager’s passion for helping others drew her to a co-op opportunity in the medical science field. Through hands-on experience studying the eye, Lily has secured a part-time job while she continues her education at RIT.
Facing Unforeseen Challenges
With a passion to educate, Rogers implements a teaching style that pushes his chemical engineering students to expect the unexpected. As engineers, unforeseen challenges are bound to arise, but preparation is just one way Rogers instills problem-solving skills in his students.
Giving a Voice to a Community
Tianna Manon ’15
As an alum of the journalism major, Tianna has put into practice the storytelling platforms and opportunities RIT provided to her. Today, Tianna is editor-in-chief of Open Mic Rochester, an online magazine that gives a voice to Rochester’s black community.
Headed to Google
New Media Design
The skills Ethelia learned in the new media design major prepared her for an internship at Google. This career-related work experience, which turned into a full-time job, is just one of the ways experiential learning shapes a student’s future.
Improving Human-computer Interactions
Improving interactions with online platforms for those with disabilities is the ultimate goal behind Matt Huenerfauth’s research. By training designers to create and develop more accessible websites and mobile networks, a wider audience can connect to and benefit from these technologies.
Amanda DeVito MBA ’19
Vice President of Client Engagement, Butler/Till Media
Happiness of employees and driving business outcomes are DeVito’s main focus at Butler Till Media and Communications. Knowing all the work and energy she puts into driving a client's business is satisfaction in itself.
Learning to Learn
John Myers ’83
For Myers, who has traveled the world to photography people and places, RIT was key to preparing him to adapt to an ever changing industry. The skills he honed as a student – curiosity, responsibility, communication skills – has enhanced his decades-long career as a photographer.
Love What You Do
David Even MBA ’18
Vice President, W.G. Arthur Co.
Growing to love the business he began working for at 15, Even is now a vice president at W.G. Arthur Co. With a passion for helping others, Even learned from his mentors that treating people right is always the best policy.
By working on a faculty-guided research project, Nicole has gained hands-on research experience to pursue a future in regenerative medicine. It’s one way Nicole is putting experiential learning to work.
Merging Past and Present
Three Dimensional Digital Design
RIT’s Cary Graphics Art Collection allows students to view printing styles and graphic art from thousands of years ago. In order to preserve these artifacts, Klibanow is working with other students and faculty to create a virtual viewing experience.
Game Design and Development
Tinkering, testing, designing, coding – it’s what he does. Through RIT’s game design program, Campbell and his team created a game that garnered attention from 20th Century Fox, leading him to an internship with the company.
Trading gloves and helmets for a monitor and a mouse has ushered in a new era in sports: competitive, organized gaming. By mirroring professional eSports, the RIT eSports team pursues competitive gaming at the highest possible level, rivaling the excitement of traditional sports teams.
With only a split second to get the perfect shot, Hamilton’s passion for capturing emotion is an asset to creating authentic images in the moment.
Relationships Are Key to Success
Jess Sudol ’06
VP/Civil Dept. Manager - Passero Associates
Building relationships and honing communication skills are crucial skills for success in any field. Passero Associates has recognized the collaborative nature of RIT students. They continue to hire RIT students and graduates for their dynamic interpersonal skills as well as their knowledge.
It might be just a stool, but it represents more than reaching equipment in the Machine Shop. It’s a symbol of the heightened awareness and inclusivity of women in engineering at RIT. After graduation Ashley wants to influence change by helping women pursue careers in engineering.
RIT’s student-run radio station broadcasts to the Rochester community and streams worldwide. Nate, WITR’s music director, appreciates that RIT has a place where people who love music can bond over their passion and share that connection over the airwaves.
Computer Science and Web & Mobile Computing
Hudson, a student in the individualized study program, combined his interests in sustainability and entrepreneurship to create Connexus, a company determined to improve the health of the planet one building at a time.
Take the Leap
Michael Oshetski ’03
CEO, Micatu Inc.
Focused on making the utility grid more efficient and sustainable, Oshetski, an RIT alum, has a passion for entrepreneurship. Turning a start-up into reality led him to sharing a key piece of advice: Just go for it.
The Hands of Time
At RIT’s makerspace you’re free to design, test, tinker, and build. Hatch utilizes The Construct to create 3D-printed mannequin hands for the Genesee Country Village & Museum for its 19-century clothing exhibit.
The Power of Music
Jasen is a physician assistant major and the music director for RIT Players. She is applying her passion for music to research that studied how music can reduce pain and anxiety in pediatric patients.
Fred Beam ’85
As outreach coordinator for Sunshine 2.0, a theater group at RIT’s National Institute for the Deaf, Beam and his troupe provide performances and activities for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults that highlight the fields of deaf culture, literacy, and STEM.
Where You Belong
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Mendieta has found a home in student government. As vice president she makes sure that all students have what they need to succeed.